Careers Guidance (CEIAG)

Advice for Teachers

Your designated Career Lead at Consett Academy is Mr S Hall . You can contact Mr Hall via email S.Hall@ncdat.org.uk or via telephone on 01207 507001.

At Consett Academy, we are passionate about delivering an enriching careers program that challenges individuals’ expectations about Careers and responds effectively to student needs.

Here are some common misconceptions people have relating to careers:

“I don’t know anyone who went to University”.

Every teacher has been to University. Many of them proudly wear the badge of their University and will be more than happy to discuss this with you.

“University doesn’t apply to me”.

if you are able to achieve 4s or above at GCSE, there may be a University route for you. Most of the students that go on to University from Consett Academy are the first in their family to go to University.

“Only posh people go to Oxford”.

Approximately 66% of Oxford and Cambridge students went to a State school like Consett Academy. This is up from 60% a few years ago. If you are able to achieve 6s or above at GCSE, then Oxford or Cambridge could be appropriate for you. We have successful Oxford and Cambridge applicants every year.

“University is expensive and I will leave with a massive debt”.

The term “student loan” isn’t a great description for student finance. A better description is “graduate tax”. Students that go to University earn on average £10,000 per year more. Their repayment is 9% ‘tax’ on income above about £27,000. This works out to be typically around £30 a month – less than a Sky subscription.

“Everyone talks just about University so much that it seems to be the only option”.

It is important that if students could go to that they know this. However, there are other routes available, including College and Apprenticeships at all levels. It is also important that all year groups get an opportunity to understand what University is and how they can go, no matter what their background is.

At Consett Academy we place a great emphasis on ensuring that students get information, advice and guidance throughout their time in the school, but particularly at key transition moments. We aim to support and inspire students with the decisions about their future.

Careers, Education Information Advice Guidance (CEIAG) is delivered through a range of activities for every student from Year 7 to Year 13. During Aspire sessions students follow a planned programme which gives students the opportunity to examine a wide range of future careers options, learning about pathways, careers roles and Labour Market Information (information about the current local and national jobs market). Students will also explore careers within individual subjects.

Our strong links with the local business communities has resulted in students having a range of experience with employers. These include visiting speakers, businesses working with classes to support curriculum learning and visits to work places.

In Year 11 students are given the opportunity to participate in taster sessions, designed to help them make informed decisions about their post 16 pathway. Tutors, the Head of Year, Year Manager and Head of CEIAG support students with their applications and decisions. Outside agencies are also available to support students.

At Key Stage 5 students participate in activities which focus on preparing them for their next step. We will work with Year 12 students to arrange work experience opportunities. Students attend a Higher Education convention each year, and are fully supported by staff and outside agencies in their UCAS application. Students have the opportunity to visit Higher Education providers and speak to staff and students. For those students who choose not to continue their studies at university, we have a programme which supports their applications for Higher Apprenticeships and job applications. This includes support in CV writing, interview technique and employability skills.

Careers Advice

We have a dedicated careers advice partner called Careerwave https://www.careerwave.co.uk/, that will carry out career interviews with Year 11 and 13 students across the year. Their role will be to support students in the Academy by:

  • giving independent Careers Information, Advice & Guidance and Welfare to Work Programmes throughout the North East;
  • supporting students throughout their education and give them advice on next steps in to further or higher education, apprenticeships and the work place.

If you have any questions that you would like to ask regarding this then please speak to your Head of Year or visit the Careerwave website below for more information.

Some Year 11 students will be involved in a 1-1 mentoring programme, provided by Durham Works, where they will be given a programme of specific support including a careers advice interviews and assistance with applying for college or apprenticeship placements. It is important for all year groups to understand what an apprenticeship is and how they can access this, for example through college or after A-Levels.

We will also offer Year 11 and 13 students an opportunity to have a mock interview which results in specific verbal feedback given and a formal written action plan given to individual students.

Careers Programme

Provider Access Policy into Practice

Outline Careers Programme:

  • By the age of 16, all students will have been offered at least one independence guidance interview.
  • By the age of 18, all students will have been offered regular career advice and support through Tutors, and will have been offered an additional independence guidance and support interview, depending on need.
  • All students will experience regular careers education in Curriculum lessons and Aspire lessons.
  • We conduct an annual Careers Survey, where students find their Buzz Animal and they let us know what they are interested in. We use this information to personalise career opportunities.
  • There will be opportunities for students to engage with Colleges, Universities and local business links. These may be through virtual events, in-person visitors and site visits.

CEIAG Programme Summary

We want to make sure that students understand all of the options available to them as well as addressing career misconceptions.

Advice for Employers and Partners

We would like to engage with employers both locally and nationally, in order to give our students, the best opportunity to understand the world of work and understand the importance of developing their own skills and aptitudes to support them as they progress through the Academy. We already have strong links with a wide number of different employers who have been extremely supportive of the work which we are doing with our students. We would love to engage more employers in the work which we have been doing. If you would like to be involved in any of the events which they Academy are running, or feel that you would be able to contribute to our Careers Programme in any way, please contact our Careers Lead, Mr S Hall: S.Hall@ncdat.org.uk.

Opportunities for Access to CEIAG

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come either come into school or to events that the Academy promotes to speak to pupils and/or their parents. Please contact to our named Careers Leader to discuss possible access opportunities with details on preferred delivery style, format and possible dates. Requests should be mindful of school’s need to plan in advance, with the year’s Academic calendar set and published before the start of each academic year. Shorter notice requests are welcome to be considered. The school policy on safeguarding sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students. All requests for access will be balanced in light of the Academy’s priorities of teaching and learning, financial sustainability and equality of opportunity. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature for the career’s advisor.

Advice for Students and Parents

If you would like to speak to someone about your child’s future or get advice about how to support their career choices, please do not hesitate to contact S.Hall@ncdat.org.uk

Student Destinations

Opportunities for Access to CEIAG

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come either come into school or to events that the Academy promotes to speak to pupils and/or their parents. Please contact to S.Hall@ncdat.org.uk to discuss possible access opportunities with details on preferred delivery style, format and possible dates. Requests should be mindful of school’s need to plan in advance, with the year’s Academic calendar set and published before the start of each academic year. Shorter notice requests are welcome to be considered. The school policy on safeguarding sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students. All requests for access will be balanced in light of the Academy’s priorities of teaching and learning, financial sustainability and equality of opportunity.

Durham Works have been working with some of our Year 11 students to ensure that they progress onto further education or employment. They have been providing them with information about local colleges and careers available to them. Durham Works is an important service, and we encourage all parents to go to their website to find out about the range of different services and help available.

Many families have little or no experience or understanding about University as a future option for students. We can provide extensive support to parents as well as to students.

Apprenticeship Information Video

Labour Market Information

Useful Links